Welcome back. This is day 9 of our series on using punctuation and capitalization. I hope you are ready to learn because we are going to learn about some other ways we can use commas. Let’s get started!
Day 9, Lesson 9
What is a parenthetical expression?
It is a word or phrase unnecessary to meaning that interrupts the flow of a sentence.
It is also an afterthought loosely added at the end of a sentence.
(Examples of the wrong and right way to do this.)
Wrong way…Cars however, need to be driven with care.
Right way…Cars, however, need to be driven with care.
Wrong way…Accident deaths for example, are higher among teenagers.
Right way…Accident deaths, for example, are higher among teenagers.
Wrong way…It is true isn’t it, that young drivers need a permit.
Right way…It is true,isn’t it, that young drivers need a permit.
Wrong way…This method is the most wonderful if not the best, choice in our case.
Right way…This method is the most wonderful, if not the best, choice in our case.
Wrong way…Turn the light off when you leave the room please.
Right way…Turn the light off when you leave the room, please.
Wrong way…December 31 isn’t too late, to apply is it?
Right way…December 31 isn’t too late to apply, is it?
Wrong way…Give me your cell and home number too.
Right way…Give me your cell and home number, too.
It is important to use a dash or dashes if the parenthetical expression is not closely related to the rest of the sentence.
Do you want me to tell him, or–? I’ll wait here until you come back.
Thank you for taking the time to learn with me on this very exciting subject that benefits us all. I hope you will come learn with me tomorrow as we will be learning more about commas.
This is a series you won’t want to miss. Daily (except weekends and holidays) I will review aspects of punctuation and then capitalization. We will learn when and where to use them properly. So if you are a teacher,student or just want a review, check with me daily to collect the entire series.
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Flipper! book published by Jack Cushman. Copyright 2000 (No direct quotes were taken from the book.)